I Kings 1

“Solomon sits on the royal throne” (v46).  The Book of Kings opens with the elderly David on his deathbed, losing control of his kingdom.  Yet another of his sons, Adonijah, was attempting a coup and had found supporters (v5-7), but God had promised that Solomon would be next on the throne (I Chronicles 22).  David was virtually helpless against this plot (v18), yet God used Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, to rescue the kingdom. 

“As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity …” (v29).  David’s trust in God’s saving power, despite his own weaknesses, allowed him to be part of God’s redemptive plan for Israel and the whole world.